Dr. Gregory Wilson BA, MA, MPhil, PhD.

Greg is an experienced governance and public policy practitioner and has worked extensively for the UK Government, the UN system, the IFIs, OECD, and many overseas governments on projects involving institutional and organisational development, public administration, post-conflict recovery and stabilisation operations.

Greg has post-graduate degrees from University College, London and Western Ontario, Canada and a PhD in Defence and Security from Cranfield University in the UK Defence Academy. He has designed and implemented innovative front-line assistance programmes for public administration, governance, conflict and stabilisation in Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Iraq, Palestine (Gaza and West Bank), Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Timor Leste, BiH and most recently Syria.

His recent research and scholarship focused upon the limits to governance and public administration interventions in conflict and fragile state situations. He supported OECD DAC in undertaking the Fragile States Surveys for South Sudan and Timor Leste and facilitated the International Dialogue for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding in South Sudan. His strategic planning skills were brought to bear on the preparation of the first Development Plan for the new state of South Sudan. He has recently concluded projects in Afghanistan helping local government prepare the first Cabinet approved policy on District Council Representation, and the Ministry of Finance to revise the first comprehensive Aid Management Policy for Afghanistan which he also helped draft. Greg also prepared the initial drafts of UK Stabilisation Guidance for the Stabilisation Unit and is drafting other guidance for the SU on deployments into the UN system and managing political transitions. He teaches on the Cranfield MSc on Security Sector Management. He is a senior Conflict and Stabilisation Adviser for the UK Government and is a retained Adviser for the UN.

  • Governance
  • Strategic Planning
  • Capacity development
  • Organisational development
Sectoral Focus
  • Conflict & Stabilisation
  • Public sector
  • Security sector
Regional Focus
    • Middle East (Levant)


    • Afghanistan


  • Central & Eastern Africa
  • English (Native)
  • French (basic)
  • Arabic (basic)

Former Positions

  • Chief Technical Adviser and Country Director (UN)
  • Principal Consultant, Adam Smith International
  • Senior Associate, UK National School of Govt
  • Civilian expert with the UK Government Stabilisation Unit
  • Director of BDP Planning, Director Park Royal Partnership


  • PhD Conflict and Security, Cranfield University
  • MPhil Bartlett School of Architecture and Town Planning, University College London
  • MA University of Western Ontario
  • BA (Hons) University of Glamorgan



Political economy analysis in the security and justice sector

Working on behalf of a major OECD donor, this support was provided as a vital input to the Business Case for a major new programme of support in the Security and Justice Sector.

Design and Evaluations of Public Administration Modernisation Programmes

We have worked for multiple clients on both the design and evaluation of public administration programmes. Clients include DFID, AusAID, the European Commission, OECD and IFIs as well as projects directly for national government partners.

The ancient city of Herat, Afghanistan

Establishment of the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission

Working on behalf of the World Bank, DFID and the UK National School of Government, Dr Wilson was engaged in the establishment of, and early support to, the PAR and the IARCSC in Afghanistan in the immediate aftermath of conflict and the defeat of the Taliban.

Support to the Establishment of the Civil Service Agency, Republika Srpska

Working on behalf of DFID and the UK National School of Government, Dr Wilson was engaged in the establishment of, and the early support to, the Bosnia-Herzegovina Republika Srpska Civil Service Agency in the aftermath of the Balkans conflict.